18 February 2011

GeoNetwork portal for FREE spatial data

GeoNetwork opensource allows to easily download and share geographically referenced thematic information from hundreds of different organizations from around the world and find Interactive Maps, GIS datasets, Satellite Imagery and Related Applications. Its online database holds more than 450 different variables. Display them on-the-fly as maps, graphs, data tables or download the data freely in different formats.

Main Features are :
  • Instant search on local (FAO & UN) and distributed geospatial catalogues
  • Uploading and downloading of data, documents, PDF's and any other content
  • An interactive Web map viewer that combines Web Map Services from distributed servers around the world
  • Online map layout generation and export in PDF format
  • Online editing of metadata with a powerful template system
  • Scheduled harvesting and synchronization of metadata between distributed catalogues
  • Groups and users management
  • Fine grained access control
Search catalogue by topic:
  • Administrative and Political Boundaries
  • Agriculture
  • Applied Ecology
  • Biological and Ecological Resources
  • Climate
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Land Cover and Land Use
  • Population and Socio-Economic Indicators
  • Soils and Soil Resources
  • Topography
GeoNetwork opensource is a standard based and decentralized spatial information management system, designed to enable access to geo-referenced databases and cartographic products from a variety of data providers through descriptive metadata, enhancing the spatial information exchange and sharing between organizations and their audience, using the capacities and the power of the Internet. The system provides a broad community of users with easy and timely access to available spatial data and thematic maps from multidisciplinary sources, that may in the end support informed decision making. The main goal of the portal is to increase collaboration within and between organizations for reducing duplication and enhancing information consistency and quality and to improve the accessibility of a wide variety of geographic information along with the associated information, organized and documented in a standard and consistent way.
Below, the detailed search interface which helps users to find exactly what they want !
GeoNetwork's purpose is:
  • To improve access to and integrated use of spatial data and information
  • To support decision making
  • To promote multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development
  • To enhance understanding of the benefits of geographic information

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